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Friend or Foe? The Parasites that Live Inside Us

Wednesday 4 April

Explore our relationships with the many parasites that live inside us. You’ll find out why some parasites are so deadly and how the latest research is trying to prevent and control them. You’ll meet arguably the world’s most successful parasite – Toxoplasma gondii – which can infect all warm-blooded animals and lives in the brains of 1 in 5 people in Scotland. You’ll also discover ways in which parasites ­– in the form of worm therapies – could be the answer to controlling our immune responses to prevent allergic diseases such as asthma and inflammatory bowel disease.

Presented by The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Young Academy of Scotland, Moredun Research Institute, Heriot-Watt University and University of the West of Scotland

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